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Poster: Reade Date: Oct 12, 2012 7:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: has the novelty worn off ?

The second sets are more complex and interesting during the last half of '72 and as you say, '73. Clearly this relates to Keith becoming over time fully musically integrated into the band, as well as the band as a whole figuring out it's post-Pig sound. The band in 1971 and early '72 was very much a band in transition and the way they ultimately reinvented their music is astonishing.
The spring of'72 gets all the hype because of the wonderful recordings made of the Europe performances and audiophiles love their multitracks.